By Jean A. Flanagan
According to recently released statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farming in West Virginia continues to grow. In 2014, cash receipts from farming totaled $832,767,000, a 9 percent increase from 2013.
According to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, there were 22,100 farms in West Virginia totaling 3.6 million acres, the majority of which were small, family-owned and operated.
Poultry and eggs account for the lion’s share of farm cash receipts in the state, totaling nearly $355 million. Of that more than $236 million is from broiler production. The WVDA said West Virginia farmers grew nearly 97 million broilers in 2014.
The poultry industry accounts for nearly 43 percent of the state’s agricultural cash receipts. Hardy County leads the state in total agricultural sales and in broiler production.